Supreme Court has strengthened India's vibrant democracy, says Prime Minister Modi
Laws that are being laid down today will strengthen the bright future of India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday (January 28, 2024) as he inaugurated the Diamond Jubilee celebration of the country's apex court.

Prime Minister Modi used the opportunity to reiterate the parameters of goals for the next 25 years for every branch of the government and said that today’s economic policies will form the basis of tomorrow’s vibrant India. 

Noting that makers of the Indian constitution saw the dream of a free India based on freedom, equality and justice, he said the Supreme Court has continuously tried to preserve these principles. “Whether it is freedom of expression, personal freedom or social justice, the Supreme Court has strengthened India's vibrant democracy,” he stated.

Referring to the changing landscape of global geopolitics, the Prime Minister underlined that the eyes of the world are on India and its trust is constantly increasing. He emphasized the need to capitalize on all opportunities coming our way and mentioned ease of living, ease of doing business, travel, communication and ease of justice as the nation’s top priorities. “Ease of justice is the right of every Indian citizen and the Supreme Court of India, its medium," he exhorted.

Prime Minister Modi also emphasized the need for laws to reflect both Indian ethos and contemporary practices. “The convergence of Indian values and modernity is equally essential in our legal statutes," he stated, adding that the government was actively working on modernizing laws to align with the present situation and best practices.

He highlighted the government's initiatives in abolishing outdated colonial criminal laws and introducing new legislation such as the Bhartiya Nagrik Suraksha Samhita, Bhartiya Nyaya Samhita, and Bhartiya Sakshya Adhiniyam. "Through these changes, our legal, policing, and investigative systems have entered a new era," he remarked.

Citizen-centric IT Initiatives for Supreme Court 

During the event, Prime Minister Modi launched citizen-centric information and technology initiatives that include Digital Supreme Court Reports (Digi SCR), Digital Courts 2.0 and the new website of the Supreme Court. 

The Digital Supreme Court Reports (SCR) will make Supreme Court judgments available to the citizens of the country free of cost and in electronic format. The key features of digital SCR are that all 519 volumes of the Supreme Court reports since 1950, covering 36,308 cases, shall be available in a digital format, bookmarked, user-friendly, and with open access.

Digital Courts 2.0 application is a recent initiative under the e-Courts project to make court records available to the Judges of the district courts in electronic form. This is coupled with the use of artificial intelligence (AI) for transcribing speech to text on a real-time basis.

Prime Minister Modi also launched the new website of the Supreme Court. The new website will be in bilingual format in English and Hindi and has been redesigned with a user-friendly interface. 

Chief Justice of India D Y Chandrachud, Union Minister for Law and Justice Arjun Ram Meghwal, Judges of Supreme Court, Justice Sanjiv Khanna and Justice Bhushan Ramkrishna Gavai, Attorney General of India R Venkataramani, President of Supreme Court Bar Association, Adish C Aggarwal and Chairman of Bar Council of India Manan Kumar Mishra were present on the occasion.